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Uefa delay details of Wayne Rooney ban


UEFA have delayed giving the Football Association their written reasons behind England striker Wayne Rooney's three-match ban "for another week at a minimum".

The European governing body had been expected to provide the FA with the reasoned decisions for the ban - imposed on the England striker for kicking Miodrag Dzudovoic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro - by tomorrow.

But an FA statement this evening said: "The FA has today been advised by UEFA that we may not be provided with the written reasons regarding Wayne Rooney's three match suspension for another week at a minimum.

"Once the reasons are received, The FA will determine on any appeal after discussions with Fabio Capello and Wayne Rooney."

The FA will make a decision based on the full reasons but it would be a surprise if there is no appeal, given that a three-match international ban would rule the Manchester United player out of all of England's group matches at the Euro 2012 finals.

National team coach Capello last week dropped a clear hint that Rooney will be going to next summer's tournament regardless.

The Italian had not spoken about Rooney since the striker was handed the ban but the widespread view amongst professionals is that Rooney should go.

And Capello indicated Rooney would be part of his plans as part of an observation about the balance of younger players and older ones in his squad.

"The young players are really good and ready to play with the seniors, and the experience of the seniors is really important," said Capello.

"During the games we need some leaders, people that know something.

"Jack Wilshere is incredible because he is so young. We also need the experience of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Scott Parker.

"You need this kind of player, plus Rooney, I hope."